E.ON and Enel conduct first blockchain trade

German power provider E.ON and Italian electric utility Enel have traded for the first time using a new blockchain marketplace. The ‘Enerchain’ platform allows trading partners to conduct deals directly […]

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By Jonny Bairstow

German power provider E.ON and Italian electric utility Enel have traded for the first time using a new blockchain marketplace.

The ‘Enerchain’ platform allows trading partners to conduct deals directly with each other in seconds, rather than requiring a central intermediary as is usually needed.

The firms claim a more decentralised approach to generating, buying and selling energy will reduce the cost of electricity procurement, of which some savings will be passed onto consumers.

The peer-to-peer network has been developed by energy IT specialist Ponton and a total of 33 companies are now involved in the use and development of the marketplace.

Matthew Timms, Chief Digital Officer of E.ON: “The ‘Enerchain’ initiative is a good example of open, cross-industry collaboration.

“We all believe in the enormous potential that blockchain technology has for the new energy world and especially for our customers.”